The Everglades Welcome You Back!!!
As marinas, parks and green spaces reopen in our city, the Everglades are a fantastic place to come and get some fresh air while practicing safe social distancing guidelines.
Here's what's happening at the park:
- All areas of Everglades National Park are now OPEN. Park waters remain open for access from outside the park.
- You are encouraged to pre-pay for your Entrance fee online, you can get a digital pass here.
- Visitor Centers at Ernest C. Coe and Shark Valley have reopened.
- Campsites are open. Self-registration permits are available outside of the Flamingo and Gulf Coast Visitor Centers.
- Several tours and concession services have resumed with enhanced health and safety measures:
For more info check out Everglades National Park: Alerts and Conditions
Alligators are all over the Anhinga Trail, but one popular spot where they assemble regularly is straight to the end of the main paved stretch.
As you leave the small visitor center and start walking on the paved trail, you walk to the end without entering
any of the loops or boardwalks to your left.
Right at the end of the paved portion there is a small platform that sits just atop the edge of the lagoon.
This is a great spot to watch for alligators.
The paved trail stretches along a canal where you will often spot all kinds of wildlife, birds, alligators, turtles... See the pictures here
At the end of the paved trail there is a platform that sits just at the edge of the water
Just below there are alligators by the dozen, catching some rays...
It is fun to watch them swim and crawl back in land, some don't quite make it...
A series of elevated boardwalks let you explore the lagoon...
Also great spots to watch out for alligators swimming, going underneath the boardwalk and resurfacing on the other side...
And there is much more than alligators, the boardwalks get you close to the vegetation...
The water birds...
Beautiful airplants and flowers
And if you look closely, nesting birds...
The Anhinga Trail is located at the entrance of the park, so now let's continue further into the Everglades and down the road until we reach the
Flamingo Outpost at the end. What's at Flamingo? Manatees, crocodiles, nesting osprey...
Here are some tips for visiting the Anhinga Trail of Everglades National Park.
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